Long before their award-nominated and awarded stories and novels, these two writers word-jammed together, learning the music of story writing and the blood and bones of distinctive prose. And all these early efforts were published! Here they are again, together in one place--ten riveting stories of science fiction--as entertaining as they were fun to write--including the previously unpublished tale,... [click here for more]
The eleven stories in Designer Genes showcase the latest volume in this intriguing science fiction that explores intriguing future possibilities in biotechnology, ranging from stories of imminent technology reflecting issues that are already controversial, to stories that feature drastically altered worlds. Most of the stories are domestic dramas in which ordinary people are trying to get on with their... [click here for more]
Pamela Sargent published the first novel in her "Venus" trilogy, Venus of Dreams, in 1986; it was followed by Venus of Shadows (1988) and Child of Venus (2001). For the first time, Dream of Venus collects the short fiction set against the backdrop of the author's Venus novels, comprising four stories written after the trilogy had been completed. As Sargent writes in her Introduction: "Characters and... [click here for more]
Edgar Hoffmann Price (1898 - 1988) was an American writer of popular fiction (he was a self-titled 'fictioneer') for the pulp magazine marketplace. He is probably most famous for his collaboration with H. P. Lovecraft, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key," though he published hundreds of other works. This volume collects 20 occult detective tales, including the adventures of Pierre D'Artois... [click here for more]
Welcome to the first Sime~Gen Anthology written by the fans. This Anthology is a compilation of stories and poetry written by people who have been influenced by the published works of Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah, in such a powerful way that they felt compelled to explore this universe in their own writing. Here are:
Forewords, by Jacqueline Lichtenberg and Jean Lorrah
"Moonlight... [click here for more]
In some parts of the world, self-confessed murderer Leonard Graham would have been executed, or even given life imprisonment for his monstrous crime. At his trial, he had confirmed to the court that he'd only met the man he'd shot a few hours before. Prior to that one meeting, he'd never seen him before in his life. The accused had offered no reason for his apparently unprovoked and savage attack,... [click here for more]
A new collection of 17 science fiction and horror stories by a well-known SF novelist, including four published for the first time.
New York Times bestselling author Steve Perry notes in his introduction:
"He tends to grab you with the first line and not let go until the last line, and it's an interesting ride all the way through. ...Glass has a winner here."
Note:... [click here for more]
Stanson's scheme was audacious in its scope: highjack a space liner, kill the passengers and crew, and then live off the rich pickings for years to come. They won't even have to leave the well-stocked craft--and the security forces can never locate them in the void between the worlds. But Leahry, another ex-con, knows that everything has to go "just right" for the plan to succeed; and when things begin... [click here for more]
"This volume collects four classic SF tales from the pulp era!
THE RULE OF THE BRAINS...
After many years spent in wars and struggle, mankind had achieved a perfect civilization. But this Utopia was going directly against the adaptive strain Nature had developed.
In earlier times, the human body had been keyed to respond to every emergency. Now it was trying to find a new form of excitation... [click here for more]
Horton's elegiac anthology of 15 mostly hard SF stories illuminates a broad spectrum of grief over love thwarted through time, space, human frailty or alien intervention, from the gentle melancholy of Michael Swanwick's "Triceratops Summer," which posits tame Technicolored time-warped dinosaurs in Vermont, to newcomer Leah Bobet's "Bliss," an agonizing riff on near-future drug addiction.... [click here for more]
This collection brings together the ten earliest stories in Brian Stableford's series of "Tales of the Biotech Revolution," all written in the 1980s, except for one anomalous example from the 1960s. The dates in some of the stories, located a comfortable distance in the future when the stories were written, have now long past, revealing certain anomalies of early expectation; but they have been left... [click here for more]
Welcome to the 10th Science Fiction MEGAPACK™!
This time we present 30 stories (including several full-length novels) by some of the biggest and best in the science fiction field, plus 2 poems and the first (of 3) installments in our first novel serial. From David Gerrold's "The Martian Child" (winner of the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, and HOMer Award) to brand new works... [click here for more]
Welcome to The 11th Science Fiction MegapackTM!
We hope you will enjoy the stories we have selected for you this time. There's a greater emphasis than usual on Golden Age writers (just the way it came together) -- but we have one original story as well, a posthumous collaboration with H.B. Fyfe, finishing a really terrific but not-quite-done tale he had been working on before his death. It's a bit... [click here for more]
Welcome to The 12th Science Fiction MEGAPACK®! We have another great lineup of stories (and the conclusion of our first serial, Tony Rothman's fine near-future novel, Firebird). No matter whether you like classic, golden age authors (Ray Bradbury, George O. Smith, Poul Anderson), fun pulp fiction (Talmage Powell, Murray Leinster, Keith Laumer), modern authors (Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Smith,... [click here for more]
Charles V. de Vet wrote more than 50 short stories for science fiction magazines, beginning with "The Unexpected Weapon" for Amazing Stories in September 1950. After a several year hiatus, de Vet became active as a writer again in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This collection spans the length of his career, showcasing his talents for vivid characterization and exciting storytelling. Included... [click here for more]
The 15th volume of our MEGAPACK® series is truly MEGA—no less than 70 tales by some of the science fiction field's all-time greatest authors! Here are interplanetary tales, space opera, thought pieces, cats (how you you have science fiction stories without at least one cat?), and even a few modern classics. Included are:
A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER
CONSPIRACY ON CALLISTO, by Frederik Pohl
AFTER... [click here for more]
William Campbell Gault (1910—1995) was an American writer. He wrote under his own name, as well as (among others) the pseudonyms Roney Scott, Larry Sternig, and Will Duke. He is probably best remembered for his sports fiction, particularly the young-readers' novels he began publishing in the early 1960s. Gault was also an acclaimed mystery writer. He was not limited to sports and mysteries, though... [click here for more]
The Golden Age of Science Fiction MegaackTM series showcases great science fiction authors whose work might otherwise be forgotten.
This time we focus on Alan E. Nourse, medical doctor and science fiction author, who paid his way through med school with his writing. He may be most famous as the author whose title was "borrowed" for the movie Bladerunner...though the movie was based... [click here for more]
Jerome Bixby was an American short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for his work in science fiction. (He also wrote many westerns and used the pseudonyms Jay Lewis Bixby, D. B. Lewis, Harry Neal, Albert Russell, J. Russell, M. St. Vivant, Thornecliff Herrick and Alger Rome).
He is most famous for the 1953 story "It's a Good Life" which was the basis for a 1961 episode of... [click here for more]
Charles V. de Vet wrote more than 50 short stories for science fiction magazines, beginning with "The Unexpected Weapon" for Amazing Stories in September 1950 (included here). After a several year hiatus, de Vet became active as a writer again in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This collection focuses on his early, more adventurous works. Included in this volume are:
ALIEN'S... [click here for more]
During the 1950s, Evelyn E. Smith regularly published science fiction in magazines like Galaxy and Fantastic Universe. These range from post-apocalyptic satires, such as "The Last of the Spode" and "The Hardest Bargain," to "BAXBR/DAXBR," where she explores the dangers of Martian crossword puzzles. She also wrote four science fiction novels, which chiefly... [click here for more]
Edward Wellen (1919-2011) was a writer primarily of short stories, most in the mystery genre. However, he penned a not-insubstantial number of science fiction over the course of his career -- starting (sort of!) with a "non-fact article" "Origins of Galactic Slang" for Galaxy magazine. This MEGAPACK™ collects 25 of his best tales from those early years...plus a few... [click here for more]
Robert Moore Williams (1907–1977) was an American writer, primarily of science fiction. He wrote not only under his own name, but as John S Browning, H. H. Hermon, Russell Storm and E. K. Jarvis (a house name shared with other writers). Rereading his work in preparation for assembling this volume, we were impressed by how well much of his fiction holds up today. His writing style is smooth and... [click here for more]
Richard Wilson (1920–1987) was a Nebula Award winning American science fiction writer and fan. He was a member of the Futurians, and was at his most prolific in the 1950s—though he continued writing throughout his entire life. This volume focuses on his science fiction (24 stories) from the 1950s, but also includes a "non fiction" ghost story and a brief autobiography written... [click here for more]
The Golden Age of Science Fiction MEGAPACK™ Series focuses on unjustly forgotten science fiction writers from the 1960s and before. Horace B. Fyfe (1918-1997) was one. An engineer by trade, he also wrong a long string of popular science fiction and fantasy stories. He published extensively in genre magazines from his first appearance in Astounding (February 1940) until his last publication in... [click here for more]
Raymond Zinke Gallun (1911 - 1994) was among the earliest pulp fiction writers who specialized in science fiction, and he sold many stories to magazines in the 1930s under his own name and several pseudonyms (such as Dow Elstar, E.V. Raymond and William Callahan). His first novel, "People Minus X" (included here) was published in 1957, followed by his second, "The Planet Strappers,"... [click here for more]
Homer Eon Flint was one of the pioneers of science fiction -- publishing science fiction stories in pulp magazines before the term "science fiction" had even been coined. Unfortunately, he died violently -- and mysteriously -- at age 36, leaving behind a grieving widow and three young children. Prior to his shocking end in 1924, Homer's speculative fiction made him a leading contributor to... [click here for more]
Stanley Grauman Weinbaum (1902-1935) was an American science fiction writer. His career in science fiction was short but influential. His first story, "A Martian Odyssey", was published to great (and enduring) acclaim in July 1934, but he would be dead from lung cancer within eighteen months. Included in this volume are:
THE DARK OTHER
A MARTIAN ODYSSEY
VALLEY OF DREAMS
PYGMALION'S... [click here for more]
Edward Paul Wellen (1919-2011) wrote primarily short stories throughout his long career, primarily in both the mystery field, but also (especially early in his career) in science fiction magazines. This is the second collection of his science fiction stories we have published, and it's another good one. Included are:
ORIGINS OF GALACTIC LAW
THE BIG CHEESE
ROOT OF EVIL
THE WORLD IN... [click here for more]
Sam Merwin, Jr. (1910-1996) is one of those great "lost" authors. Equally adept and mystery and science fiction, he produced a significant body of work in both fields. In fact, this volume adds as a bonus two of his classic mystery stories, in addition to a selection of 7 science fiction stories. Included are:
THE FINAL FIGURE
REEL LIFE FILMS
A WORLD APART
IT'S... [click here for more]
Frederik Pohl was one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, with a career that spanned 7 decades (and won him every major award in the field). Included are ten of his classic novels and short stories:
PLAGUE OF PYTHONS
THE DAY OF THE BOOMER DUKES
MY LADY GREENSLEEVES
THE TUNNEL UNDER THE WORLD
SEARCH THE SKY (written with C. M. Kornbluth)
THE KNIGHTS OF ARTHUR
SURVIVAL... [click here for more]
Kris Ottman Neville (1925—1980) was an American science fiction writer from California. At the top of his career, he virtually abandoned writing science fiction to pursue a career in chemistry, becoming a leading expert in epoxy resins. His writing remains some of the best of the era. Included in this volume are 9 classic stories:
HUNT THE HUNTER
FRESH AIR FIEND
SHE KNEW HE... [click here for more]
Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923—1958) was an American science fiction author and a notable member of the Futurians. He wrote prolifically during his short lifetime, and produced a remarkable body of work. The volume is the largest ebook collection of his work ever assembled. It includes:
THE ALTAR AT MIDNIGHT
THE GOLDEN ROAD
HE LUCKIEST MAN... [click here for more]
John Keith Laumer (1925—1993) was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the United States Air Force and a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. This collection containes 9 classic tales...more than 400 pages of great reading! Included are:
THE FROZEN PLANET
THE YILLIAN WAY
IT COULD BE ANYTHING
END... [click here for more]
Robert Franklin Young (1915–1986) was an American science fiction writer born in Silver Creek, New York. Except for the three and a half years he served in the Pacific during World War II, he spent most of his life in New York State.
Although his career spanned more than thirty years, and he wrote fiction until he died, he remained little known by the public, in the United States as well as... [click here for more]
A.R. Morlan's work is quirky, often hard to categorize, and non-stop inventive and imaginative. She has gathered a cult following for her science fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense, and erotic fiction of the last four decades. (And sometimes she writes in all those genres at once...) This volume, a "best of" selected from her short fiction by Mary Wickizer Burgess, presents 22 mind-bending... [click here for more]
This volume is a follow-up to The Plague, Pestilence, and Apocalypse MEGAPACK® (2015) and contains 20 more tales of epic disaster.
A MAN SPEKITH, by Richard Wilson
OUR TOWN, by Jerome Bixby
EDDIE FOR SHORT, by Wallace West
THE COURTS OF JAMSHYD, by Robert F. Young
THE GREAT NEBRASKA SEA, by Allan Danzig
SEED OF EMPIRE, by Chester S. Geier
THE BLACK GRIPPE, by Edgar Wallace
BREAKDOWN,... [click here for more]
Ardath Mayhar is one of the best kept secrets of Texas. Over the course of her career, she published novels, short stories, articles, and more with a unique voice and vision. The Ardath Mayhar MEGAPACK® (originally published as Crazy Quilt: The Best Short Stories of Ardath Mayhar).
INTRODUCTION: ARDATH MAYHAR, EAST TEXAS MAGICIAN, by Joe R. Lansdale
FIDO IS A LOVING BEAST
A HARPING OF WATERS
A... [click here for more]
Arthur Leo Zagat was one of the most versatile pulp writers in the 1930s-1950s, the author of more than 500 short stories in many different genres. His work appeared in most of the top science fiction, mystery, and adventures magazines, including Astounding Stories, Planet Stories, Weird Tales, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Argosy, and many, many more.
Wildside Press is preparing multiple volumes assembling... [click here for more]
In the longest story in this collection, an eleven-year-old girl has a strange adventure in an overgrown garden, and probably saves the world from a fate worse than any conventional apocalypse. Her parents would undoubtedly think that she‰Ûªs been dreaming if she attempted to explain what had happened, but that‰Ûªs what parents do, because they think it‰Ûªs what they ought to do. The other... [click here for more]
Time travel and brothels; unusual visitors from different eras, dimensions, and realities; human zoos maintained by curious aliens who like to watch; private eyes who are zombies; leafy-green literary collaborators; moral steampunk issues; a dreamer at the edge of the solar system; an astronaut who's gone insane; and the conspiracies of chrono-assassins.
Just a few of the fantastic themes in these... [click here for more]
Edgar Hoffmann Price (1898 - 1988) was an American writer of popular fiction (he was a self-titled 'fictioneer') for the pulp magazine marketplace. He is probably most famous for his collaboration with H. P. Lovecraft, "Through the Gates of the Silver Key," though he published hundreds of other works. This volume is a good sampling of his fantasy and science fiction stories. Included are:... [click here for more]
"The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack" presents another stellar lineup of classic science fiction, new and old. Here are 25 stories (plus a bonus interview with best-selling author George R.R. Martin) by some of the field's greatest authors. Included are: THE TRUE DARKNESS, by Pamela Sargent PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, by Jay Lake ADJUSTMENT TEAM, by Philip K. Dick ROBOTS DON'T CRY, by Mike Resnick... [click here for more]
The "Golden Age of Science Fiction" Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to classic science fiction writers of the 1940s-1960s who might otherwise be forgotten. Floyd L. Wallace (1915-2004) is one such unjustly forgotten author. An engineer by trade, Wallace wrote science fiction (and mysteries) in the 1950s, and worked best at shorter lengths. He only wrote one novel. The Eleventh... [click here for more]
Mysterious aliens ... ruthless terrorists ... androids with attitude ... genetic manipulation ... punch-ups with lasers ... giant spaceships ... what more could you want?
This great collection of 10 short stories by the author of Gridlinked, The Skinner, In the Line of Polity, and many more is a great read!
Note: This digital edition includes the PDF, ePub and Mobi (Kindle) versions... [click here for more]
The "Golden Age of Science Fiction" Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to classic science fiction writers who might otherwise be forgotten.
Lester del Rey (1915—1993) is most remembered today as one of the namesakes of Del Rey Books -- but in the Golden Age he was an accomplished writer who got his start alongside (and sold to the same markets as) a young Isaac Asimov. This... [click here for more]
"The fifth volume in the Science Fiction Megapack series collects 25 tales of high adventure through other worlds and times, including 5 Hugo and Nebula Award-winners and nominees. Featured this time are:
AGAPE AMONG THE ROBOTS, by Allen Steele
THE STARSHIP MECHANIC, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes
PEACEMAKER, by Gardner Dozois
OR ALL THE SEAS WITH OYSTERS, by Avram Davidson
GRANDMA,... [click here for more]
This volume assembles 25 novels and short stories by Murray Leinster, published between 1919 and 1963. Included are such science fiction classics as "The Runaway Skyscraper," "Space Tug," and "Operation Terror," as well as rarities like "A Thousand Degrees Below Zero," "The Gallery Gods," and "Nerve." Also includes a biographical introduction... [click here for more]
The late Reginald Bretnor (1911-1992) was never a prolific writer -- he wrote only a handful of books and about 100 short stories (and more than 120 short-short "Feghoots" under his Grendel Briarton pseudonym) -- over a 45-year writing career.
In addition to wars, weaponry, and science fiction, Bretnor's broad interests included cats. (And puns. Did we mention the horrible puns?) These... [click here for more]
Fredric Brown (1906-1972), one of science fiction's greatest masters from the Golden Age, is famous for his many classic short stories -- quite a few of which are presented here, including "Arena," "Knock," "Earthmen Bearing Gifts," "The Star Mouse," and many more. The 33 tales of science fiction and fantasy in this volume are: ARENA EXPERIMENT KEEP OUT HAPPY... [click here for more]